SKOL Search: Jaylen Waddle Scouting Report

SKOL Search: Jaylen Waddle Scouting Report

In a wide receiver room in 2019 that included Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, and DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle was touted as the fastest of the group. That is quite a feat considering Ruggs ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the combine last March. Not only does he have lethal speed, Waddle also posesses the necessary tools to be a great receiver in the NFL for years to come.

100-95All-ProEarly Round One
94.99-90Pro BowlerMid Round One
89.99-85Day One StarterLate Round One
84.99-80Potential Starter/Early ContributorRound Two
79.99-75Potential Starter/Early ContributorRound Three
74.99-70Spot Starter/Special Teams Day OneRound Four
69.99-65Backup/Special TeamsRound Five
59.99-55Backup/Special TeamsRound Six
59.99-55Potential BackupRound Seven
54.99-Practice SquadUndrafted

Jaylen Waddle

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 183 lbs

Strengths: Jaylen Waddle is a dynamic weapon with world-class speed. Can outrun anyone he steps onto the field with making him a true field flipper. He excels as a deep threat. Does a great job tracking the football while staying in overdrive. Contested catches are a surprising strength for a receiver his size. More than willing to work through contact and maintains control of his body in jump ball situations. Alabama used him in a variety of ways, most of which gave him free releases at the line of scrimmage. Has great vision in the open field. Is a capable and willing blocker at the LOS and in the open field.

Weaknesses: Size might be a concern moving forward, although his speed should easily compensate for this deficiency. Route running is good but could use some refining. Relies a little too much on speed and there is room to grow with technique. Separation was easy at times but did lack consistency. Did not have to deal with press coverage often at Alabama. The injury to his ankle might be a concern long term.

Hands9/10
Release9/10
Route Running13.5/15
Separation13.5/15
Contested Catches9/10
Tracking9/10
Body Control9/10
YAC Ability10/10
Agility10/10
Grade91/100 Mid First Round

While there is room to improve with technique on an overall level, Jaylen Waddle can step in day one and be a dynamic weapon as a gadget player and deep threat while learning the nuances of the wide receiver position. His speed and dynamic ability comps directly to Tyreek Hill and we know the difference he has made for the Kansas City Chiefs. Whoever ends up with Waddle will have a great weapon for the next decade.

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